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How Many of Us Work From Home?

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If you work at home, you’re part of a growing number of employees who do so. In fact, according to a new report, twice as many people telecommute now than just 10 years ago.

A study done by business membership and research group the Conference Board found that while child care workers, writers, authors and sales reps are the most likely to work remotely, another group of professionals saw the biggest rise in telecommuting: records clerks, insurance underwriters, lawyers and computer software developers.

“A confluence of factors, led by the rapid expanse of sophisticated, secure and relatively inexpensive communication technologies, has sparked a quiet revolution in where and how many Americans do their jobs,” said Amy Lui Abel, who co-authored the report and is a director of human capital research at the Conference Board.

Still, just two percent of Americans employees work at home — often because companies are wary of allowing them to do so. But Gad Levanon, director of macroeconomic research at the Conference Board, said, “Managers at all levels must make the ‘mental shift’ to trusting that employees are getting the job done without seeing them every day — and to have the strength to act decisively when they’re not.”


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